Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Yes, for me - the past week was PRACHTIG! (My fluency in Dutch has a long way to go) BEAUTIFUL!
Friends, Fun, Fabric and Fun.

If you have followed my blog since I began, you know I have had an interest in Dutch fabrics since the 1990's.  I used to travel to Amsterdam for work. Dutch Fabrics was a favorite stop. I have completed a few of their quilts from the last two books.

Imagine my delight last year when I invited them to visit Minnesota and they accepted!  Petra Prins and Judith Ebbelaar visited Minnesota on their recent USA trip.

We had originally reserved an appointment to the storage room in Lincoln Nebraska at the International Quilt Study Center. With a change of plans that had to be cancelled. We were unable to make it to the Iowa Quilt Museum either. Darn flu and March weather!

We did have fun.
Velma the decided to come out of hiding.

She LOVED the ladies and a few times had to go into her own room for a nap in the sun to leave us in peace.

Maybe she wanted us to look out the window at the deer?
Or pet her instead of beautiful fabrics?

Yes, the deer came out and made an appearance.

Early morning or at dusk, they come out to raid the feeders...they are definitely suburban deer.

After a rest, we spent some time pulling things out of the vault to examine.

This is Petra and Judith looking at an antique quilted piece out on the tables.

These are study pieces, so yes - touching and examining with care is encouraged.  We wash our hands frequently to remove any oils or soil to protect the fabrics.  I do have gloves for others pieces.

Petra fabrics are printed with high quality and fine attention to detail.

We used a magnifier to compare examples.

I love this fine, fine dot in the Dutch Heritage line and plan to order more color ways of it.  See link above to order. (or on my blog side bar)
If you have any questions please let me know. The postage is always less and they only charge exact postage.

We looked at Petra's quilts from her trunk show.

All lovely!!

I had seen some of the original antique quilts, and photos in books. It was a special treat to see them in person and have Petra tell me about reproducing them.

Examining the use of fabrics and placement of color.

How beautiful!!

An extra special treat for me, Petra brought the antique "Conversation" quilt.

We placed the two quilts side by side on the sofa.

What a delight to see the two quilts side by side.

I was so enthralled I forgot to take a photo of Petra with the quilt.

Petra's Quiltmania Quilt Along

I even held the quilt and looked a the conversation prints in detail.  Later we got out some of my antique conversation prints and I shared some with Petra.


I really like how my Hexy Stars quilt colors blend with the
Dutch Heritage fabrics.

Lovely hand piecing.

Judith enjoying some fun (sick? ya, sure!!!)
After some relaxing and fun, we did leave the house!
Remember, fabric, fun and food!!

There was shopping.

The evening they were expecting 12" of snow in Northfield, we went to Reproduction Fabrics to shop and visit Margo.

Margo shared the artwork for her new lines coming out soon - fun to see! She also gifted us with some of her new paper products that use artwork from her Dargate fabrics.

Let's just say...a bags of fabric came home with us.

We had lunch at a cute cafe on Main Street.

On the way back to the cities we stopped at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop and shopped the sale and regular
fabrics. Imagine the laughs when we found sale bolts in the bathroom...

There was time for sewing, as we heard the snow warning - well, the snow never came.
We looked at the original and reproduction and variations of the Noah and Matilda Quilt.
Just a light dusting of snow the second to the last morning.

There were meals here. Including some local specials, wild rice chicken soup and 
Minnesota Hot Dish.
We had a lovely meal out at a favorite Italian restaurant.
We enjoyed some spicy food with margaritas.
(Let's just say that is not my hand, however I enjoyed one too)

I had a mini class from Judith on a new to me appliqué technique.
Great fun!  I understand Gerda does her hexagons by creasing first.

I was so fortunate to be gifted with this beautiful c.1850 Dutch
Tape Measure. I plan to research the makers mark and will 
post about it later this year.
Thank you for this treasure!!!
Thank you for the many happy memories.

Also, this wonderful hat from Marken for my ladies bonnet collection.

Painting by Rudolf Possin, Markem Museum
Here you can see the lace addition.
The style of the hair is just as important as the bonnet.

Thank you Petra and Judith for taking time from your vacation
schedule to visit from Washington DC to Minneapolis! Read more about
their travels on their blogs.
SO many happy memories made!!

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Busy 2018

A little recap of the past weeks...on the quilting front we are in the final phases of a new pattern. Very exciting! It is so much easier now that my daughter and I live in the same city.  More on the pattern later.

I am also trying to hand quilt an hour a day.

The backyard is still filled with snow and busy with wild life.
We have had 6-8 cardinals at one time.
The deer love the bird feeders.  This morning the Canadian Geese found them and that is probably trouble.

I already have some spring garden plans.
* Plant a yellow peony
* Heirloom tomatoes
* Zucchini Vine
* Sunflowers in the wild patch
* Perennials & Hosta in the new beds

I had a free day yesterday so I went to some antique shops. Lately I've been attracted to spool pieces.
These pieces are made from vintage empty thread spools. I bought a footstool with a needlepoint top a while back.

This wall shelf was nice, I just don't have much wall space.

The real temptation is this planter box.
I can just picture it inside, in front of the stationary side of the patio door.

However, I didn't think it was sturdy enough to withstand the monkey cat jumping on it. She is dainty once perched but her jumping is....well, she's a klutz.

Do you see the center detail?

The shops are preparing for Mother's Day.

Imagine the delight a Mother felt when she received this!

The top box is made like my foot stool with half spools glued to wood.

The legs are made from whole spools.

I saw a couple quilts and can only find one photo on my phone.

This one was very nicely made.
I'd guess c.1950. I didn't open it up.

Machine and hand pieced, hand quilted.

The hand quilting was very uniform.

Simple, but effective and fit the style of the quilt.

If you look closely you can see some of the hand piecing.

It almost came home with me.


Yes, probably. Maybe just not this one.

This advertisement is still for sale.

I like it, but I don't.  It's a "look away, what did I just see" kind of advertisement.

Velma would be terribly offended if I added this to the collection.

Fortunately, it is way over priced, even marked down.

The Minnesota Quilt Project sponsored the speaker for the March Minnesota Quilters meeting.

I hosted Lori Lee Triplett from Quilt & Textiles Collections.
Owners of the Poos Collection of textiles.
The Thursday night lecture was "Exploring the Poos Collection".
Lori Lee shared the diverse expanse of their collection. There was something for everyone and the guild members loved it.  From African garments to an 1830 broiderie perse quilt.
On Friday she did an indigo dye workshop. I didn't participate, but went to help setup and take down. I brought some hand sewing. Participants prepared fabric for dye using many techniques.  They all had a great time.
Saturday morning Lori did a lecture and trunk show of a selection of their chintz quilts. This was very special and we are honored she brought these amazing quilts out of storage. No photos allowed.
On Saturday afternoon we hosted a small group study center with the quilts. A dozen of us spent hours with the quilts examining all of the beautiful fabrics, techniques and details.
Thank you Lori Lee and Kay for the sharing your quilts!

I may have company coming this week, lots of variables there...stop back for more quilting adventures!
Happy Stitching,